Ashish Mishra the prime accused of the Lakhimpur case, son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni is not a flight risk as per the Uttar Pradesh government. Uttar Pradesh government said this to the Supreme court in response to the petition filed by the families of the farmers killed on October 3, 2021, who were challenging the bail granted to Ashish Mishra by Allahabad High court. Asserting the offense is grave and the court has no words to condemn it. The Supreme Court has reserved the order for now. The state government also took care of the hearing of all the witnesses in the case and also provided proper security.
The case triggered a huge political row when Ashish Mishra was given bail on 10th February ahead of the state elections. A special bench of judges, Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli on March 30 asked the state government to respond on April 4th which is today, regarding the two reports of the retired judge monitoring the SIT probe in the case suggesting the cancellation of the bail of Ashish Mishra. At the time of hearing the bench of judges have said that” There are two letters sent by the SIT to the additional chief secretary(home) of Uttar Pradesh government by the monitoring judge who had written to the state to file an appeal in SC to cancel the bail of the accused.”
“We got the reports on Friday by Special Investigation Team, SIT, and sent it to the state government,” told the lawyer for the UP government on Monday. Senior Advocate Mahesh Jethmalani who is appearing from Uttar Pradesh Government has said that the state has provided extensive security to all the 97 witnesses, Bar, and Bench.
Eight people were killed in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri district on October 3. The mishap happened when violence erupted during a farmer’s protest against deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit to the area, where four farmers were mowed down by an SUV in which Ashish Mishra was sitting. On Monday The SIT has asked the apex court twice to cancel the bail plea.